01 April 2012

2012 Final Four: National Championship Game Prediction

You think Kentucky coach John Calipari and Kansas coach Bill Self are ready for Monday night's National Championship Game, which will decide the champions of the 2012 NCAA Tournament? These two have met before in the National Championship before, as Self's Jayhawks were able to defeat Calipari's Memphis Tigers in overtime. Now Calipari may be looking for revenge as we all know he is gunning for his first national title as the pressure is on as his Wildcats have been the favorite all season long. Self is in the position of the underdog and his Jayhawks have been against the ropes all tournament and have been having more lives than a cat. So the question must be asked, who is going to win?

Let's be frank, there is no question who the better team is and that is Kentucky. Kentucky has the most talent out of anybody in the nation with several first round picks in the rotation as well as the coach who gets them to play to their full potential.

But there is something about Kansas. Somehow, they have gotten themselves to be in this position as they had trouble with Purdue in the third round, North Carolina State in the Sweet Sixteen, fought a good one with North Carolina before pulling away late and then rallied in the second half on Saturday against Ohio State. Given the fact that Kansas is not particularly deep on offense, it has been an impressive run.

The matchup to watch is in my mind is Kentucky's frontcourt vs. Kansas's frontcourt. Kentucky has the best frontcourt is the country and it really is not close. Anthony Davis is the best defender that college basketball has seen down in the paint in many years, when Terrence Jones is awake he brings another strong talent down low and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is just awesome on defense and getting to the rack. But Kansas has their horse in Thomas Robinson, who has been brilliant all tournament long, and Jeff Withey may be the second best defender in the post nationwide behind Davis and he set a Final Four record with seven blocks against OSU.

The only chance that Kansas has is if Tyshawn Taylor steps up big time as, save for a big performance against UNC in Elite Eight, he has been pedestrian this tournament. If he can step it up and fill in the scoreboard, KU has a shot.

But overall, I think that Kentucky is too good on defense for Kansas to open up offensively like they will have to do to beat the Wildcats. I think that the Wildcats will come out loose, unlike against Louisville, and I think they will prove too much for the Jayhawks to handle. Calipari finally gets his title.

Kentucky 78 Kansas 64

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